Innovative teaching programs targeted at individual student needs and specialist interventions such as speech pathologists and occupational therapists will be cut in Liverpool as the region braces for a $37.5 million funding cut in the next two years as part of Malcolm Turnbull’s Gonski 2.0.
The Turnbull government's new plan, outlined in last week's federal budget, includes an additional $2.2 billion in funding for schools over the next four years and an extra $18.6 billion over the coming decade.
However, confidential school funding projections by the NSW Department of Education show that only 10 state schools will be better off under the new plan than under the existing Gonski agreement with a projected loss of $22.3 billion over 10 years.
The documents, obtained by the NSW Teachers Federation under freedom of information laws, reveal schools like Liverpool Girls High School (Total loss: $1,720,022), Liverpool West Public School ($1,343,301), Liverpool Public School ($1,109,782) and Bonnyrigg High School ($2,072,577) will receive significant less funding in 2018 and 2019 compared to the original Gonski funding agreement.
It comes at a time when Liverpool schools are benefiting from the current Gonski agreement in implementing several educational initiatives to support migrant and refugee students including creating smaller classes, targeted literacy and numeracy classes and student well-being programs to assist those students who have additional transition needs.
Fowler MP Chris Hayes said “the biggest investment we can make in our children’s future is a good education”.
“The investment in education is also an investment in the future of our country,” he said.
“The cuts by the Turnbull Government will directly impact on students with special needs, making it more difficult for teachers and schools in our area.
“There are many things we can give our children, and a strong education is definitely one of them.
“These education cuts have shown that individual student needs have not been taken into account and the government has played lip service to needs based funding.”
Liverpool MP Paul Lynch said the $19 millions of cuts from schools in his electorate was not acceptable and urged NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to intervene.
“How can the Premier praise the federal government for its education funding, when schools in Liverpool will be over $19m worse off over the next two years,” he said.
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